Joe and Wanda on Management

Joe Kerr and Wanda B. Goode, two characters from Nick McCormick’s book, “Lead Well and Prosper,” dispense their management wisdom

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Wishing Success

2 August, 2014 (14:02) | Leadership, Leadership Development, Management, Personal Development, Success | By: Administrator

In his book, Talk Like TED, Carmine Gallo relays how TED speaker Larry Smith doesn’t wish others good luck. Rather he says, “I wish you success.” Why? Because, luck has little to do with your success.

Thoughts Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Talk like TED? Good success with that!

Wanda B. Goode: We do tend to “make our own luck,” so I like Larry’s twist on the common well-wishing phrase. Love those TED presentations too. Will make a point to check out Larry Smith’s

Here are a couple of related posts

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Throw Your Heart over the Bar

13 July, 2010 (22:13) | Leadership, Management, Personal Development, Success | By: Administrator

In his book, The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale tells the story of a trapeze artist instructing his students in the skills of his craft. When it comes time to demonstrate one of the skills a student freezes with fright. He can’t move a muscle. The instructor puts his arm around the boy and says, “Son, you can do it, and I will tell you how… throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.”

Thoughts Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: If you work with me, you better throw that heart pretty high, because I’ve raised the bar. And just to show how I play as hard as I work, come on down to the real bar after work and I’ll show you how to raise the roof and maybe even a little bit of cain! We’ll see if you have the heart to hang!

Wanda B. Goode: I love the saying. We do have a tremendous amount of power within us. Our hearts and minds take the lead. Get the faith and beliefs going in the right direction and great things will happen.

Here are a couple of related posts

Workplace Motivation Commandments All Leaders Must Follow
Throw Your Heart

Ready to Take “The Leap?”

25 October, 2009 (16:49) | Personal Development, Podcast - Management Tips, Success | By: Administrator

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Quitting vs. Failing

9 August, 2009 (20:42) | Leadership Development, Personal Development, Success | By: Administrator

I listened to a video on Andrew Peel’s blog recently entitled, Do Most People Fail? by network marketing advocate, Tim Sales (very appropriately named!). You don’t need to be a network marketer to benefit from the message.

Tim points out that most people usually don’t fail at things, they quit. We don’t fail at dieting, at fitness programs, at learning a new language or learning to play an instrument. We just flat out quit.

We’re usually fairly enthusiastic when we decide to take on an endeavor. If we want to learn how to play guitar for instance, we go out and buy the instrument, the music books, training manuals, etc. This is the fun part. Everyone loves to spend money. We even like practicing at first. We like handling the shiny new instrument and envision a wonderful future state where we are strumming away to our favorite songs.

Once the novelty wears off though, and we realize that it’s not all fun and games, we fold up the tent. The slightest bit of adversity and that’s it. It’s easy to come up with excuses for not pressing on. The instrument gets placed in the closet, never to be seen again.

Same thing is true in the workplace. We don’t fail at implementing a new quality program. We quit. Often we quit before we even start.

Persistence is the great equalizer. It trumps talent, money, and many other “advantages.” How do we get a dose of that persistence stuff?

Joe Kerr: Quitting is for chumps. You either have what it takes to succeed or you don’t. It’s up to us champs to guide the chumps – not an easy task as we’ve discussed in many other posts.

Wanda B. Goode: I’d agree that some seem to have persistence built in, but I do think that there are ways we can improve our ability to stick things out.

It really helps to have a support system. It’s usually effective, for instance, if you go jogging with a friend, if you play an instrument in a band, have a spouse that pushes you, etc.

Writing down and communicating your goals to others is also powerful. It gives added incentive to get them done.

Maintaining a focus is also important. Some make the mistake of trying to do too much too soon. Be realistic. If you want to learn an instrument, realize that it will take a significant amount of time to do so. Plan accordingly. Don’t start off practicing 4 hours a day. You won’t be able to maintain that. In addition, don’t work on becoming a good golfer while you are learning how to play an instrument. Focus on one thing at a time.

Set some interim realistic targets and reward yourself when they are achieved.

It’s hard to find the time for extracurricular activity these days. One way is to cut back on the TV viewing.

Recognize that you will have some setbacks. That is OK. The key is to pick yourself back up and get back to it.

Here’s a blog entry with some additional tips – Persistence – 3 Tips for Strengthening It.

Boldness, Commitment, and Providence

19 March, 2009 (23:54) | Leadership, Management, Success | By: Administrator

In his book, Enough, Jack Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Mutual Fund Group paraphrases Scottish author W.H. Murray on Boldness, Commitment, and Providence

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you do, or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

Any thoughts Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Amen brother! It’s like when I committed to winning the basketball tournament at work this year. Once I made up my mind, everything just seemed to fall into place. I squeezed the T-Shirt guy and got our uniforms for a song. In our first game, Jerry went down like a sack of potatoes. He sprained his ankle. That led me to recruit Ted Bonelli (aka T-Bone), former semi pro ball player from accounting. I’ll tell you, it’s amazing what a little bonus money will do to generate interest! Even providence can use a little nudge sometimes. Before I knew it the trophy was on display in a brand new case in my office. Begin it baby!

Wanda B. Goode: Sounds a bit like the Be Good Ventures motto – Believe, Begin, Be Good! Makes me want to just get out there and do something!

Here is an inspirational post entitled The Power of Commitment.

Demonstrating Integrity

2 March, 2009 (23:36) | Leadership, Management, Success | By: Administrator

In his book, Developing the Leader Within You, John Maxwell mentions that according to 1,300 senior executives who responded to a survey, integrity was the quality identified as most necessary for business success. Maxwell goes on to say that integrity must be demonstrated daily in tangible ways. These are the ways that he strives to do so…

I will live what I teach
I will do what I say
I will be honest with others
I will put what is best for others ahead of what is best for me
I will be transparent and vulnerable

Joe and Wanda, any thoughts?

Joe Kerr: As my mom used to say, “Always wear clean underwear!”

Wanda B. Goode: One thing is for certain. If we don’t have integrity, we don’t have trust. If we don’t have trust, we can’t lead. We may think we’re leading, but we’re not. Maxwell’s list is a good one. It’s certainly not easy to adhere to, but it something to continue to strive toward daily.

Here’s another post on integrity – Credibility is the Coin of the Realm

Concentrate on the Fundamentals

27 February, 2009 (01:17) | Leadership, Management, Personal Development, Success | By: Administrator

A few days ago we posted a podcast with Jason Jennings. His tip was to share your strategy with everyone. The successful CEOs that Jason interviewed for his new book, Hit the Ground Running, willingly share their strategies with the competition. Why? Because they know that even if the competitors steal their ideas, they will fall down with the fundamental step of execution.

Earlier in the month I also did an interview with Trevor Gay on his Simplicity Blog. He asked for three tips for new leaders. The first one I gave was to concentrate on the fundamentals. They are the requisite building blocks for success in so many aspects of life

Fundamentals are not glamorous. They’re usually not much fun. Developing them requires hard work and discipline. That’s why they are so frequently ignored. How many times have you witnessed a manager violate a basic fundamental of leadership?

Joe and Wanda, would you care to comment?

Joe Kerr: I’m fundamentally in agreement with you – a rare occurrence. Blocking and tackling, baby! Even being the quick study that I am, it took me a while to master the fundamentals. I do my best to pass along my knowledge to others.

Wanda B. Goode: Agreed. I find that more often than not, managers don’t even manage any more. They don’t show their faces until there is a crisis. It’s tough to build an engaged work force that way. Making improvements in the fundamentals of management and leadership takes time – time that most are not willing to take. They tend to pay the price in the long run.

Why not spend some time this week on the fundamentals? The posts below might help.

Here’s one on the Fundamentals of Marine Core Leadership.

Here’s a post with a tip for how to Get Back to Leadership Basics.

Jack Bogle’s Rules for a Good Life

21 October, 2008 (22:33) | Personal Development, Success | By: Administrator

There was an article in this past Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer about Jack Bogle. In it was listed Jack’s Rules for a Good Life. They are:

Rule No. 1

Get out of bed in the morning. If you don’t do that, not much is going to happen. Once you get out of bed, try to have a good day. Try to be a better parent. Try to be a better spouse. Try to be a better colleague. Try to help those around you. Try to teach people. Try to learn. Try to do something completely off the wall. Be conscious of the world around you, and try to make it a tiny bit better today. If you do that, when you go to bed you’ll get a good night sleep.

Rule No. 2

Repeat Rule No. 1 the next day.

Joe and Wanda, any thoughts?

Joe Kerr: There are quite a few people that I wish did stay in bed. I’d have a lot less mess to clean up every day.

Wanda B. Goode: Looks like a good one to hang up. Great reminders to help us keep things in perspective. The world would be a much better place if more people lived by these rules.

Make sure you take in this video with Jack where he talks about the current financial crisis and about his soon to be published new book, Enough.

Haagen-Dazs Theory on Productivity

2 June, 2008 (22:53) | Leadership, Management, Success | By: Administrator

Here’s the final excerpt that we’ll examine from Karen Salmansohn’s book, Ballsy: 99 Ways to Grow a Bigger Pair and Score Extreme Business Success. It’s tip number forty-three…

“As you know, it doesn’t take discipline to eat spoonful after spoonful of Haagen-Dazs. You can bet that nobody will ever say to you, “Wow, look at your discipline – how you just keep spooning down that pint!” Yet you keep on spooning. Why? You’ve got passion… When you love what you do, you don’t mind doing it, and so you keep on doing it… and doing it… Keep reminding yourself what you love about your widget… and why others’ lives will be improved by your widget… so you stay in a heightened state of excitement and passion to work.”

Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Please don’t hit me with the passion speech. I’ve been around too long. I’m happy when I get through the day without throttling someone. I’m passionate about my pay check. Let’s leave it at that.

Wanda B. Goode: It certainly does make it easier to enjoy your work when you’re passionate about it. I guess the trick is to find a way to be passionate about it. Managing can be very difficult at times. When my frustration level runs high, it helps if I remind myself why I’m in it. If I can do one thing during the day to help someone out, or maybe advance a pet project, it tends to get me back on track.

Karen offers up the following tips to re-find your passion when you’ve lost your way…

  1. Remind yourself why you were passionate about your work in your honeymoon period… then ask yourself why your honeymoon waned, and Un-wane the wane!
  2. Does your work improve people’s lives? Remind yourself how what you do MATTERS!
  3. Ask yourself WHO you want to be, not just what you want to do. Get your identity re-synchronized as a successful, happy, confident, communicative, problem-solvin’ genius of your craft, dammit!
  4. Link your success to something else… like baby needs a new pair of shoes… or mommy needs a new pair of Pradas.

For an interesting post on reigniting passion in your work, click here.

15 Minute Challenge

20 May, 2008 (22:51) | Leadership, Management, Personal Development, Strategy/Goals, Success | By: Administrator

In her book, Ballsy: 99 Ways to Grow a Bigger Pair and Score Extreme Business Success, Karen Salmansohn’s tip number ninety-eight is as follows…

“Often it’s easier to convince yourself to be good for 15 minutes than to be a saint for a whole day. So, give yourself tiny “must-do-today-for-a-mere-15-minutes” career challenges. Maybe it’s exercising. Maybe it’s making cold calls. Maybe it’s keeping papers more organized… Whatever. You can always find a mere fifteen minutes in your day to do this career boosting activity… Regularly pick one small measurable career challenge to do… and do it.”

Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: To quote Billy Joel “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, ‘cause sinners have much more fun. Only the good die young.”

Wanda B. Goode: Maybe it’s getting someone on your team a recognition item, Maybe it’s letting a team member know he has to improve in an area. Maybe it’s giving a team member career advice. The 15 minute challenge can apply to management tasks as well. Keep doing the little things, and before you know it the team will be spinning like a top!

For an interesting post on the power of baby steps, click here.